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Theft is the taking of another person's property or services without that person's permission or consent with the intent to deprive the rightful owner of it. The word theft is also used as an informal shorthand term for some crimes against property, such as burglary, embezzlement, larceny, looting, robbery, shoplifting, library theft or fraud. In some jurisdictions, theft is considered to be synonymous with larceny; in others, theft has replaced larceny. Someone who carries out an act of or makes a career out of theft is known as a thief.
Theft is the name of a statutory offence in California, Canada, England and Wales, Hong Kong, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, and the Australian states of South Australia and Victoria.

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    VIC Theft from Kmart

    I found out today my partner has been caught stealing from Kmart, they have CCTV footage and police came to the door to talk to him about it. They've asked him to come to the station later in the week to discuss it. It was months ago the offence took place. He immediately admitted to doing it...
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    VIC Theft question of food from outside a shopping mall

    I used to work at a Coles in university hill (bundoora DFO shopping centre) and live right nearby. I still attend the adjacent 247 gym so am walking by at all hours of the night. I'm well aware of the protocols they use when throwing out unacceptable fruits and veges so always sneak in the back...
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    I'm a 16 year old girl that lost their job at the end of December. I was super desperate and stole some rum with a friend to get drunk and get rid of the pain as I was actively bullied in the workplace. The rum was absolutely s**t and we threw it out. today the cops pulled up at her doorstep...
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    QLD Theft by employee / Civil Suit

    Ex employee has stolen a substantial amount of property. The police are involved and taking a long time to investigate. He was the manager of our company. It's a good chance he'll be done for freud but not necessarily theft. Can we sue him? Do I have to wait until a conviction to start the...
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    NSW Break and enter and attempt to steal car - Can I claim refund of car insurance excess if individual at fault is convicted and how?

    Hi. Hoping to get some guidance and advice with the following situation. Our house got broken into. Wallet and car keys were stolen. Individuals attempted to steal one of our car parked in our driveway. Crashed the car while reversing into flowerbed. Individuals fled the scene following the...
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    VIC Theft by property agent

    A property agent came to inspect the apartment I am currently renting last month in July, I was in the home at the time when she was taking photos of my bedroom, I left the bedroom went into the kitchen waiting for her to finish, she was still in my bedroom for some time, which I thought was...
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    Publicly accused of theft by an Aldi employee

    This incident is relevant to several areas of law (as far as I can tell) but I am posting it here as couldn't find a better suited forum. On 29 /4/21, I was at the Aldi Bondi Junction store doing my grocery shopping. When I got to the checkout, the cashier asked to check my shopping bags...
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    VIC Theft of money in trust

    Hi some advice would be great Person 1 diagnosed with early on set Parkinson’s disease. Doctor recommended having large sums of money looked after by a trusted person (due to the sometimes impulsive spending behaviour caused by the disease). He trusted his ex wife as they were civil. She...
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    VIC Coles Theft. Their database regulations

    Hi, I was caught for stealing $40 worth of items. They took my ID and a picture of me and made me sign a 12 month trespass notice. There was no police involvement. The security explained that I will be in their database for 12 months. What will this mean? Will my name be completely cleared from...
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    QLD EX Employer accusing me of theft

    Hi,so i handed in my 4 weeks notice about a month ago for company i have worked for approx 2.5 years. This week was my last and i have been sick all week,i have valid medical certficates and the boss has texted me asking for me to come in "as a issue has surfaced he needs to discuss with me"i...